Saturday, 13 November 2010


Huzzah! Finally I've finished my mammoth Christmas project, so here are the pics and steps for creating your own advent calendar with a difference. But first, a little back story.

For the past few years my sister, mum and me have been taking it in turns to pass between us a cardboard, pre-printed Christmas tree advent calendar with our own little treats inside. It's always been from me to mum, mum to Emma and Emma to me.

Last year the cardboard tree finally gave up the ghost, so this year I decided to finally get round to decorating the wooden advent tree I've had for about 5 years now to create a long-living alternative.

I've been working on it for a couple of weeks and finally finished the project last night, so here it is.

P.S. Ignore the appauling quality of my photos. Here's hoping Santa brings me a new camera this year!


Wooden Christmas tree
Kiki Art Sunny Bay Collection patterned paper
Lily Bee Three Little Birds Double Dutch patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Ginger paper
White paper
Chestnut American Crafts Hildi MiniMarks letter rub-ons
Craftwork Cards Card Candy
Paper Cellar glitter star embellishment
Pearlescent star embellishments
Blue Cath Kidson thread
Heliotrope ColorBox pigment brush inkpad
Lilac and Tide Pool Eco Green Crafts acrylic paint
Zig 2-Way glue pen
PVA glue
Foam pads


1" tag punch
Hole punch

Step 1
Remove the drawers and paint the main body of the Christmas tree with Lilac paint. Set aside to dry.

Step 2
Paint the outsides of the drawers with Tide Pool paint, leaving each to dry before turning and painting the next. This also helps fight against the looming threat of cat hair invasion that I have to tackle on a regular basis!

Here's a little piccie of the drawers back in the tree unit once everything had dried nicely.

Step 3
Punch 24 tags from three different patterned papers using a 1" tag punch. Punch a hole towards to top of each tag (I used a medium eyelet hole punch for mine).

Step 4
Take a length of thread and fold four times to give you a long enough length to tie through the tag and create a loop. Do this with every tag.

Step 5
Ink the front edges of each drawer. Pass the thread loop over the handle and secure the tag in your chosen position with foam pads. Tie a length of ribbon around the handle.

Here's a little piccie of a close up on the drawers in position once the tags, Card Candy, ribbon and ink have been added to each.

Step 6
Apply rub-on letters to white paper and cut each out. Adhere to the tags with a glue pen. For the 24th drawer, attach a glittered star embellishment to the tag before adding the numbers. Stick a pearlescent star embellishment to each drawer.

And here's the finished advent calendar!


  1. Lovely! I bet it took ages to do?! It is a lovely keepsake that will last for many years! When I was at home with my mum and dad we had an advent calendar which we had to fill up, I really struggled with things to buy that would fit in and wasn't too expensive!

  2. Hehe it took a while, but it was well worth it I think!
    Found a few lovely little bits to put in for mum - charms, pretty Making Memories paper clips, butterfly magnets, plus a load of the drawers are filled with little jewellery pieces I've made.
    Overall I think the gifts took longer to sort than the advent calendar itself!